Why We’re Still Watching ‘House of the Dragon’

The draw of epic storytelling, from Ayodhya to Westeros.

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Emma D'Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen in 'House of the Dragon' (Max)

Kiran Sampath


June 20, 2024


7 min

In 2019, Game of Thrones wrapped its eighth and final season, making television history as 19.3 million people tuned in. Over its eight-year run, the show won 59 Emmys and six titles in the Guinness Book of World Records, including most pirated TV program. Its prequel, House of the Dragon — focused on the dragon-riding Targaryen family — drew 10 million viewers for its premiere. And this past Sunday, audiences returned to Westeros for Season 2. 

The popularity of Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon reflects a millennia-old obsession with epic storytelling, joining the ranks of the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Odyssey, and the Iliad. People often dismiss these tales as fantastical or escapist, but there’s a reason epics have enthralled us for ages.

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